Most employers are familiar with the reasonable accommodation process for workers with disabilities. Beginning June 27, 2023, pregnant employees are also entitled to reasonable accommodations thanks to the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, summarized here.
The EEOC provides several examples of possible reasonable accommodations including: “the ability to sit or drink water; receive closer parking; have flexible hours; receive appropriately sized uniforms and safety apparel; receive additional break time to use the bathroom, eat, and rest; take leave or time off to recover from childbirth; and be excused from strenuous activities and/or activities that involve exposure to compounds not safe for pregnancy.”
As with the Americans with Disabilities Act, covered employers (15 employees or more) must provide reasonable accommodations unless doing so would cause an “undue hardship” (significant difficulty or expense) for the employer.
Contact a member of the Strong & Hanni Labor & Employment Practice Group with questions.